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Success! Sros from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Sros
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sros's treatment was fully funded on January 5, 2021.

Photo of Sros post-operation

October 17, 2020

Sros underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Sros’ procedure was successful! She has been discharged back home with eye-drops and a one-week follow-up appointment has been scheduled to conduct an eye exam and make sure she is healing well. Once she has fully recovered, Sros will no longer experience eye irritation or tearing. She works for a local education organization and is happy she will be more comfortable in her daily activities.

Sros said, “My eye pain and itchiness is gone right away, and I hope that I will be able to see much more easily now that this problem is fixed.”

Sros' procedure was successful! She has been discharged back home with eye-drops and a one-week follow-up appointment has been scheduled to ...

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August 10, 2020

Sros is a 30-year-old NGO staff member from Cambodia. She works for an education organization and her husband is a chef. They have one son together. She enjoys teaching children, and going on bike rides with her son. She also enjoys reading English books and listening to music on her mobile phone.

Three years ago, Sros developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her severe irritation, redness, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil.

When Sros learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. Sros needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for August 10th.

Sros said, “This eye problem has made it difficult for me to work and take care of my son, but my husband has worked hard to keep our family in good health. Now I hope I can help him so he can relax.”

Sros is a 30-year-old NGO staff member from Cambodia. She works for an education organization and her husband is a chef. They have one son t...

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Sros's Timeline

  • August 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sros was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner in Cambodia.

  • August 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sros received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • August 11, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sros's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sros's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 05, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sros's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Sros's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$129
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A pterygium, a non-cancerous growth of conjunctiva covering the cornea, causes tearing, redness, blurred vision, burning, itchiness, and discomfort.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

When the growth affects the central visual axis, vision will be decreased. The abnormal growth also causes pain and discomfort. Patients usually complain of irritation, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation, and decreased vision.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Pterygium occurrence is much higher among people who live near the equator because of greater exposure to the sun. It is nicknamed "surfer's eye."

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons scrape the dysplastic conjunctiva from the cornea surface, removing the affected conjunctiva. They place an autologous conjunctival graft to cover the defect and prevent recurrence.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgery cures the symptoms caused by pterygium. Patients experience improved vision and reduced pain and discomfort.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgical excision of a pterygium is curative. The procedure is very low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most patients live with the eye irritation and decreased vision until it starts to affect their daily life. Then, they seek care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Irritation can be temporarily treated with lubricating drops.

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